Khatta Meetha is a satirical comedy film and is a remake of the 1989 Malayalam film, Vellanakalude Nadu, which was also directed by Priyadarshan. The film is neither a spoof on the political system nor a serious study of the rampant corruption in the infrastructure segment.
Sachin Tichkule (Akshay Kumar) is an upcoming straight forward civil contractor trying in vain to make it big. His brother-in-law Trigun Fatak (Manoj Joshi working in the municipality is corrupt to the core. A bridge collapses because of faulty construction and Vishwas Rao (Tinu Anand) connected to
Sachin is made the scape goat and conveniently liquidated. But,Azad Bhagat (Makrand Despande), who lost his family in the bridge collapse is fighting a battle to bring the culprits to book. Meanwhile, Sachin’s troubles deepen when the new municipal commissioner happens to be his ex girlfriend Gehna Ganpule (Trisha) whoi s now bent upon destroying him. How Sachin wriggles out of his troubles forms the rest of the film.
Akshay Kumar does his best to make something of his role which is not properly etched. Trisha looks more of a glam-prop. Urvashi Sharma is good. Johny Lever is at his funniest best. Rajpal Yadav gives a wonderful performance. Makrand Despande, Manoj Joshi and Kulbhushan Kharbanda do well in their cameos. All others are just ok.
The loosely knit story, hotch-potch script and pitfall-filled screenplay make the film a pain you know where to watch. The opening is interesting, but it trickles down to yawning boredom. Cinematography is good and music is average. The song and dance sequences appear more as a hindrance than anything else.
Khatta Meetha meaning sour- sweet is more sour than sweet. Priyadarshan disappoints once again.
The Cast and Crew
Akshay Kumar, Trisha Krishnan, Rajpal Yadav, Makrand Deshpande,
Johny Lever,Neeraj Vora,Milind Gunaji, Asrani, Atul Parchure,Aruna Irani,
Urvashi Sharma,Sachet Engineer and others
Producer: Akshay Kumar
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyricst: Irshad Kamil, Shehzad Roy, Nitin Raikwar
2 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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